Leopards shrug off Sundowns win


Leopards, who recorded their first victory away from home, came to Tshwane yesterday as underdogs but stunned Sundowns’ supporters, who are still nursing their wounds after losing to Kaizer Chiefs in the Telkom Cup final, when Malawian international Fischer Kondowe scored a brace.

Speaking to KickOff.com, Thidiela says they have been expecting to turn the corner after starting the season on a low note.

“It has been a long time coming. In all the games that we have played this season, there was not one that we really deserved to lose. Soccer is not like boxing where, when you do well, you win. We have been playing well, but luck has not been on our side.

“The win against Sundowns was definitely not a fluke and we deserved the full three points. However, we are not going to be carried away by the victory yesterday and become big headed; we need to collect as many points as possible before we go into the break.

“We are up against BidVest Wits this weekend and I am sure that they will be more prepared after getting news that we beat Sundowns,” Thidiela adds.

Kondowe also expressed happiness about his return to the form that made him famous during his time with the now defunct Bush Bucks.

“I have always preferred to play on the right flank because that’s my natural position. It has been tough watching from the bench, but I could understand that the players in my position were performing well,” he says.

Black Leopards will be visiting the OR Tambo Hospital, the Natalspruit Hospital, Molodi Primary school and the New Comet mine school today to hand out Christmas presents to kids and patients.